Audi unveiled a prototype for their e-tron Sportback at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show this week, giving interested parties a first look at their next electric vehicle.
This Sportback is a coupe-like version of the e-tron crossover SUV that hit the market this year and it is tipped to roll out in showrooms in late 2019 or early 2020 as a 2020 model.
While the prototype still dons some camouflage gear, it's quite clear that it retains some of the e-tron's looks, with the faux grille and light assembly design pretty similar.
The two EVs are likely to share the same powertrains too. It is expected that the e-tron Sportback will carry a twin-motor, all-wheel-drive system producing up to 400 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque. That should be able to take the car from 0-60 mp/h in 5.5 seconds, while giving it a top speed of 124 mp/h.
As for power retention, a 95-kilowatt-hour battery is expected to leave drivers needing a charge every 200-250 miles, with speedy charging of up to 150 kilowatts a possibility.
The car's interior design should be similar to that of the e-tron as well. That would mean a three-screen dashboard with one of the screens working as the instrument cluster while the other two should provide infotainment and climate settings. The models with cameras instead of side mirrors will also have a screen on each side of the dashboard. This tech is not allowed in the United States as yet, though, so traditional side mirrors will have to do.
According to Motor Authority, a sportier version of the e-tron Sportback could possibly roll out after this one.
The car's production will take place alongside the e-tron at the Audi plant in Brussels, Belgium, and it is expected to be priced a little higher than the predecessor's $75,795 base.
Meanwhile, Audi has already confirmed that three more EVs will exit their plants. These include the Chinese-market Q2 L, which should be unveiled later this year, the e-tron Gran Turismo super sedan, and the Q4 e-tron, which was also displayed in concept form in Geneva.